SCI CEO W. Laird Hamberlin recently spent time with Ramsey Russell, host of the “Duck Season Somewhere” podcast to discuss SCI’s history, the pivotal role SCI plays as the largest pro-hunting and pro-wildlife organization on earth, how SCI benefits hunters and wildlife. It’s an informal and insightful discussion all hunters will appreciate.
Ramsey has hunted ducks around the world and is an SCI Convention exhibitor, offering global duck hunting and wingshooting adventures through his full-service agency. Visit GetDucks.com to learn more.
In January, Ramsey was profiled by Blood Origins in the short film, “Get Ducks”, presented by SCI.
Booking hunts is only part of the business. Ramsey Russell hosts many excursions and travels to find new duck hunting locations. He’s duck hunted on 6 continents, averaging 150 to 200-plus days of travel per year.
Although it has its downsides, Ramsey Russell realizes he’s living what many would consider a dream. He travels, experiences cultures and food, and makes friends with people he otherwise would have never met. He also realizes that were it not for the explosion that almost killed him and the scars that remind him of it, he would not be where he is today.
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Soon he booked out Canada. He started a website: getducks.com. He added Argentina duck hunting to his list. He joined Dallas Safari Club and breathed the rarified air of markhor hunters. Soon he was opening adventure duck hunts around the world–for species most mallard hunters never heard of. Duck hunts in Azerbaijan, Peru, Russia, Sweden, South Africa.
“If I’m not traveling, I’m here at camp,” he says. “We spend Christmas here, Thanksgiving, the important days, the best days, we spend them at camp. This is where my best friendships are, my oldest friendships.” The walls are covered with 6 continents of photos and birds. There’s potluck dinners. Club members bring a dish, share stories, catch up on family and on hunts. “I’m not a collector of species,” Russell says, “I’m a collector of experience. This life is short. It can end in a flash.” No one knows that better than him.
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Though sometimes forgotten waterfowling paradise, the eastern shore of Mexico’s Sea of Cortez…offers hunting combinations found nowhere else on the planet.
It doesn’t seem like a place you’d find ducks, given the terrain of fishing villages punctuated by desert and prickly pear cactus. But they are there. By the many thousands. Pintails. Wigeons. Teal of all flavors including cinnamons. Even brant in giant flocks feeding on eel grass on the roll of the tide.
Ramsey Russell is a southern salesman, an entrepreneur, and an old-school duck slayer. He’s also opening new duck hunting opportunities around the globe for American waterfowlers. “These are real duck hunts for real duck hunters. If you want all of the other shit, take your wife to Italy.”
Many times, Russell hunts with locals who speak a different language from him. This minimizes the small talk, but they still communicate through hand signals and gestures in the duck hunter’s common language: fix the hide, the ducks are flaring; tweak the spread, they’re not committing close enough; good shot, here comes more birds. “You can put four people from anywhere in the world together in a blind, and they’ll have more in common than they’ll have differences, because they’re hunters.”
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There is something about hunting with the folks from Benelli and Ramsey Russell of GetDucks.com during Obregon Mexico duck hunting combo that redefines how wingshooting is done when it is done right…When great accommodations, great guys and great shooting come together, it is Mexico duck hunting to remember forever. The nice part is that it doesn’t have to be a once-in-a-lifetime proposition. Such expeditions can be repeated again and again. Bang, bang…
One morning we found ourselves in a very nice makeshift blind on the banks of an inlet from the Sea of Cortez. The decoy spread suggested ducks, and ducks it was – almost of all them teal for us that morning. During the several days of the hunt, we took green-winged, blue-winged and cinnamon teal, as well as several other types of ducks. Oddly, fellow hunters in another blind on the tip of a small island about a half-mile from us that same morning bagged almost all pintails. It seemed as though the flavor of duck winging by depended on which area that kind of duck wanted to check out. That’s hunting. Two days later, George and I shared a blind in the same general area of the bay, where most of the birds we bagged were pintails. Talking about pintails, Ramsey Russell showed how that kind of hunting is done on the same day. Great guy and great shot.
Ramsey heads-up GetDucks.com and lines up waterfowl expeditions worldwide. In fact, SCI members wanting to get more involved in the Birds of the World program might consider contacting Ramsey because he can help line up waterfowl safaris for some of the most exotic species on earth. He also is an exhibitor at SCI Convention, so stop by his booth and say hi in Reno February 5-8, 2020.
Read full story: WATERFOWLING WONDERLAND IN MEXICO
Hunters always talk and dream of finding themselves “in the middle of nowhere,” but rarely arrive at that destination. Even that little rock in the middle of the Bering Sea has wireless. Not here. Real duck hunters find the middle of nowhere in Argentina’s wild northern tier, where the Rio Salado River winds through the second largest wetland in this country. Step back in time to the 1850s and this is what the Lower Mississippi River Delta may have looked like before the Big Muddy was diked, dammed, degraded. This is a different kind of Argentina duck hunt. Inconvenient, slightly labor intensive…you know, like actual duck hunting.
Referenced hunt: Rio Salado Argentina duck hunt
While there’s absolutely nothing illegal or untoward about the common South American custom of corning, some hunters prefer the uncertainty supplied by un-baited, free-range ducks. The few Argentina duck hunting destinations that cater to such hunters are well off the beaten path, but they make up for in adventure what they may lack in predictability. “How good can it be?” Ramsey Russell asked rhetorically. “Let me put it this way. When I die, I want my ashes scattered here. But in a wet year.”
Referenced hunt: Argentina duck hunting Rio Salado
But this isn’t the story about a man who escaped death but lost what he loved to do most in life. Because Ramsey Russell didn’t just survive – he stared death in the face and lived, overcame the odds and has spent his adulthood creating new cultural experiences by doing what he loves – traveling the world and hunting ducks. READ FULL STORY: Hunting the World: Duck Hunter from Mississippi Traverses the World
View our NEW 24-page, full-color catalog online: Ramsey Russell’s GetDucks.com 2019 – Offering the World’s Best Duck Hunting Experiences (hi res PDF). Contact us to receive your complimentary hi-res, high-quality print copy. Copies also available at Safari Club International, Dallas Safari Club, and other select events.